VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo SRi Premium 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2126 g/km

A MATTER OF CORSA

Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa hasn't lost that streetwise edge. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

Out on the road, you can't help but notice the fifth generation version of Vauxhall's little Corsa supermini. In the throngs of city traffic, there is very little else that can cut its way as deftly through the queues and still leave you unruffled at the other end. The first time I met this car, it seemed to beg me to drive it and I did, with great enjoyment. This MK5 model promised to be something special from my first glimpse of it in the car park. First impressions are of a rounded, friendly look with a broader front grille than Corsas of old. The overall proportioning isn't that much of a departure. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars.

Practicalities

This fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro. There's room for two adults in the back but I struggled to fit two child seats in, plus a booster in the middle. Legroom was good but the payback for this was the smallish boot space. Still, take out the parcel shelf and you could still fit in some luggage if you needed to. The quality of materials used is leagues ahead of older Corsas and like the Astra, there's the bulletproof feeling of build quality that's as good as anything in the sector.

Behind the Wheel

You should feel at home at the wheel of this car and the engines on offer are a willing bunch. There are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Value For Money

Prices have risen a bit, starting at around £15,500, but you could pay as much as around £25,000 for the full-electric version. There are four core trim level options for the Corsa this time round - 'SE', 'SRi', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate'. Go for the 'SE' or 'SRi' variants and there are interim 'Nav' and 'Premium' options. You can have the 'Elite Nav' model in an upgraded 'Elite Nav Premium' state of spec too. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Could I Live With One?

For day-to-day driving, this fifth generation Corsa is stronger than ever before. Overall, if you're seeking something fun, frugal and cheap to run, I can think of few better small cars.

  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows

  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Drag torque control
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Cornering brake control
  • Traction control
  • Emergency brake assist

  • Auto tele unit 3S vehicle communication system

  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear parking distance sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Lane positioning assist
  • Speed sign recognition

  • Start/stop system
  • Two litre open door pockets

  • Engine oil life indicator
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Lights on audible warning
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Vauxhall connect box
  • Multimedia infotainment systems with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Service indicator
  • Sports switch

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
  • Electrically folding door mirrors

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero

  • Six speakers
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls

  • Chrome effect tailpipe extension
  • A pillar in black
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Tailgate spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Sports front and rear body styling for upper and lower bumper design

  • Headlamps for left side traffic
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • High beam assist
  • LED Headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Manual headlamp level control
  • Centre Rear Brake Lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Hazard warning lights

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Auto single zone electronic climate control - sensor air moisture W/S temp, air/pollutant/odour filter
  • Legroom rear heater
  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents
  • Six speed fan with illuminated controls

  • Signal red and dark titanium seat stitching
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Liquid palladium cloth inserts on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Manual handbrake
  • 12V power sockets
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • 2 layer paint IP insert signature wings
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Banda marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Black headliner
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Front cupholder

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light
  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps

  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
  • Single tone horn

  • Sports style front seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Heated front seats + steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 4 way manual co-driver fore/aft with reclining seatback
  • 6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser

  • Sunshades with vanity mirror on driver and passenger side

  • 17" 5 double spoke diamond cut gloss black alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 96
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 126

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199
  • Engine Code: EB2ADTD-B

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 78.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9

  • Coin Series: SRi Premium
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 69
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 100
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9
  • Engine Power - BHP: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.3
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Power - KW: 74
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 1960
  • Height: 1433
  • Length: 4060
  • Width: 1765
  • Wheelbase: 2538

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1090
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1620
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 530
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1015
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Panoramic sunroof: £500
  • Premium metallic paint: £650
  • Black roof and door mirrors: Included
  • Additional metallic paint: £320
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £550
  • Body colour roof + door mirrors: £0

  • Metallic-Diamond black: £0

  • Special metallic - Jade white: £320
  • Premium metallic - Power orange: £650
  • Premium metallic - Hot red: £650
  • Special metallic - Quartz grey: £550
  • Special metallic - Voltaic blue: £550

  • Banda marvel cloth - Jet black with signal red/dark titanium stitching: £0

  • Spare wheel provision: £20
  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • 15" Space saver spare wheel: £110

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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